‘Imagery shows progress on Pakistan’s 4th nuclear reactor’

‘Imagery shows progress on Pakistan’s 4th nuclear reactor’

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Pakistan: Pakistan has nearly completed external construction of a fourth reactor building at the Khushab nuclear complex that produces plutonium for the country’s nuclear weapons programme, according to a US think tank. The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), which has used commercial satellite imagery to monitor developments at the Khushab complex for years, said in a report that images from November 1 clearly showed that ‘the external construction of the fourth reactor building appears nearly complete’ as reported by US media .

“Pakistan is working to ramp up production at the complex so that it can build more miniaturized plutonium-based nuclear weapons, ISIS. “The expansion of the Khushab nuclear site with the addition of reactors 2, 3 and 4 appears to be part of a strategic effort by Pakistan to boost weapon-grade plutonium production. This increased capability would allow Pakistan to build a larger number of miniaturized plutonium-based nuclear weapons in order to complement its existing arsenal of highly enriched uranium weapons,” said a spokesperson from ISIS

Source: Times of India